Lest We Forget

by Neil on November 11, 2008

 

lest we forget
Creative Commons License photo credit: striatic

To those who have fought for freedom that I might know a life of peace, I thank you. To those who continue to serve to bring peace around the globe, I thank you. To those who will serve one day in the future, I pray for peace that you may never need pick up the sword.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– John McCrae

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Eric Hamm 11.11.08 at 10:00 pm

That’s an awesome poem! Thanks for sharing it with us. We rarely think about the sacrifices that have been made for our freedoms. I appreciate the reminder. Eric.

Neil 11.11.08 at 11:11 pm

Thanks Eric. John McCrae was a Lieutenant Colonel from Canada who served during World War I. He wrote the poem while serving in Belgium. You can read more about him here.

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